Emperor: Time's Tapestry Book One

By Stephen Baxter

A Celtic noble betrays his humans and aspects with the conquering Roman legions?all due to a prophecy that unearths secrets and techniques concerning the global that's to return, guiding those that carry it to wealth and tool.

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You couldn’t forget about the fervour and nervousness, the hopes and desires of the supplicants, for this present day Rome was once the following, in this windy British shore. ultimately, because of his word from Ulpius Cornelius, Thalius stumbled on himself a part of a crowd of petitioners drawn up prior to a level, swiftly erected simply off the line contained in the fort’s western gate – a level on which Constantine himself sat, advisers and guards at his shoulders, patiently hearing proceedings and pleas. If Thalius had anticipated to work out a soldier on that wood throne, he used to be disenchanted. Constantine used to be a big-boned, strong-looking guy in his early forties, yet he wore his hair all the way down to his shoulders, so luxuriantly blond Thalius used to be yes it needed to be fake. He used to be wearing a protracted, flowing gown of what gave the impression of silk, embroidered with flowery designs performed in gold. Even his footwear have been studded with gemstones. And even though Thalius suggestion he detected a soldier’s bluff amiability in Constantine’s now not unhandsome face, to technique him you needed to pass down in your knees and press your head to the ground. He muttered, ‘Why, he’s in contrast to a Roman in any respect. He feels like anything out of Egypt or Persia. Augustus may were horrified. ’ Tarcho growled, ‘He seems like what he's – the Emperor. Do you are expecting him to decorate like a latrine cleanser? He has to place on a exhibit. And he’s a superb lad, this one. ’ He cupped his palms and referred to as out, ‘Good on you, Constantine! ’ Thalius knew that Constantine had consistently been well known one of the British troops. in the end it used to be they who in Eburacum, at the loss of life of his father Constantius Chlorus, had increased thirty-five-year-old Flavius Valerius Constantinus because the new ‘Augustus’, one of many collage of emperors, after which had fought less than him whilst Constantine had completed his maximum victory up to now in dislodging a rival, Maxentius, to develop into sole ruler within the west. And he had gained with the aid of the Christian God, Constantine declared. at the evening sooner than the decisive conflict open air Rome, he had a dream that the Christian God got here to him. within the morning he had his troops chalk crosses on their shields. That victory had cemented God into his lifestyles, and his empire, for stable. The end result of Constantine’s conversion have been noticeable sooner than Thalius now. The Emperor’s mom Helena travelled with him; as soon as a concubine, she used to be turning into one of those pilgrim with a challenge to commute around the empire to Judea looking for relics of Christ Himself. And there have been bishops one of the Emperor’s retinue, at the degree with him, nearly as grandly dressed as he was once, Thalius saw with disgust, males of wealth and tool a global clear of the imaginative and prescient of the carpenter’s Son. there have been cynics who muttered that it merely took a mote of dirt within the eye to permit anyone to determine a pass within the sky, and Constantine’s ‘conversion’ can have owed much to the manipulation of occasions through the wily bishops in his court docket. and a few Christians of the old-fashioned, together with Thalius himself, have been deeply bothered that it used to be a warrior deity that was once being cemented into the equipment of country, now not the gentler God of Christ’s personal teachings.

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